It gives us immense pride to welcome on board Alexander Jewell, who joined Leaf in December 2022 as Laboratory Technician!
Alexander built his experience working as a Quality Control Technician, and then as a Laboratory Assistant at the University of Iowa. Alexander gained yeast fermentation knowledge through baking applications in previous positions.
In his role, Alexander assists in a variety of projects related to ethanol production, and in the setting up and conducting of chemical, physical and microbiological analysis within the Green Lab.
Learn more about Alexander, Laboratory Technician for Leaf, in his portrait
- What is your school background?
Alexander: “I have an Associates in Culinary Arts as well as several years of college level chemistry.”
- What motivates you in your work?
Alexander: “I feel motivated by my general curiosity of how things work, and wanting to make a difference in the world. I have always enjoyed working with and helping people. It brings me a lot of joy seeing the impact you can have in someone’s life just by reaching out and lending a hand!”
- Who inspires you?
Alexander: “I am often inspired by one of my favorite chefs Kenji Lopez-Alt. He has a fantastic natural curiosity and desire to understand why something works the way that it does and how it can be improved upon using basic scientific principles”
- What do you like most about teamwork?
“I love working in a team, the collective insights and vast array of experiences that each individual can bring to a team is what helps move the ball forward and offers the opportunity to learn new skills.”
- What are your previous professional experiences?
“I have several years of experience working in a microbiology lab at the University of Iowa where I assisted in projects researching cystic fibrosis, SARS and MERS viruses. I am also a professionally trained chef and have spent much of my career working in a variety of restaurants honing my skills and trying to bring joy to the world through food.”